Burglary is one of the most common and well-known types of crime. Around half a million people are burgled each year in the UK and in addition to having irreplaceable items stolen, it can have a lasting emotional effect on victims. There are many guidelines and advice on how to prevent the home from being burgled, yet it is not until they become the target of burglary that owners begin to consider the options available to protect their home. Burglars are clever, they know what to look for and when a home is at its most vulnerable. Homeowners are more likely to be susceptible to burglars when they are away from home, distracted and particularly around the Christmas period. During this time, it is important to remember to dismantle any packages and empty boxes and throw them away. Advertising to passers-by that there is a brand new TV in the house will certainly pique a thief’s interest.
Frequent checks around the home by owners are encouraged. If there are any problems with locks or even doorframes, they need to be rectified as soon as possible. There is plenty of help and advice available if people are unsure what to look for. The Metropolitan Police provide plenty of information including what type of locks to install. A burglar could be walking through the neighbourhood at any moment, looking for potential homes to break into. If they notice an unprotected area, they will use it to their advantage.
Do not be caught out by a distraction burglary. This technique is commonly used to target elderly and vulnerable homeowners. If a stranger knocks on the door asking for help, it is crucial to be vigilant. Never feel obligated to answer the door.
Another ploy that thieves use is to pose as a representative of a company. They may look the part but if they do not provide some form of identification or be willing to wait outside whilst a phone call is made to confirm their presence, it is likely that they are not who they say they are. Calls should be made to the police immediately if this occurs.
Burglars will use any given opportunity to break into the home so it is crucial to have sufficient security. The Independent report that 94% of burglars admit that they would avoid a household with a monitored security system. By conducting plenty of research, proprietors can find a suitable security system for their home that will help prevent burglars.
A monitored security system can help homeowners save money in the long term. Smaller companies might be cheaper, but they are not likely to be NACOSS Gold protected. NSI NACOSS Gold approved systems include everything that will appropriately protect the home and better still – the majority of home insurance companies will provide a reduction on premiums.
Home insurance companies will not provide cover if a household is not sufficiently secure. It is essential that homeowners follow certain standards in protecting the home and installing a monitored home security system can take away the hassle of ensuring this.